Friday, October 28, 2011
I believe progress on a draft is more than word count. I'm getting out about 500 new words a day, but I'm also brainstorming, figuring out the structure, moving things around, fleshing out characters, jotting down notes for edits.
This story is following me around more than any other one I've written. It's always in the back of my mind. Cutting words is progress. Dumping a bad scene is progress. Figuring out a new plot point is progress, even if I don't write a word of it yet. Each day, this book is feeling more and more like THE ONE. Have I felt this way before? Sure...but this feels a different. I can't explain it.
I'm not sure where I got all this optimism from. It's annoying, isn't it? Do not worry. Another couple thousand words and I'll hate this book. I'll be sure to grumble here. Happens every time!
How do you measure progress?
Monday, October 24, 2011
What's your writing process? Are you writing a novel this November?
Monday, October 17, 2011
There are those precious few that I will pick up again.
1) The Bell Jar (I read this at least once a year.)
2) The Dogs of Babel
3) Catcher in the Rye
4) This weekend I re-read The Disreputable History of Frankie-Landau Banks. I love this book.
Are you a re-reader?
Monday, October 10, 2011
PLEASE GO CONGRATULATE SHANNON MESSENGER ON HER AWESOME BOOK DEAL! HOORAY!
Shannon's an inspiration and mega-awesome!!!!!
Friday, October 7, 2011
Academy Award(R) winner Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). When returning home proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt) who hasn't quite gotten over high school, either.
I can't wait for this one! But I would just like to say that not all Young Adult writers are stuck in the past. Really. Some of us are kind of stable adults. I'm not saying that I'm one of those or anything, but they do exist.
Still. This movie looks funny. I love hot mess characters.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Maybe it's a good thing I have a day job to force me to use my time more wisely.
I'm feeling like this publishing thing is taking me FOREVER. The people who start writing their first book today will likely be published before me. Ugh. My patience is dwindling. But I must trudge forward. I keep learning. I keep trying. I keep growing. I feel like I can't quit now. I've come a really long way. I've had a ton of set-backs. Each manuscript I write gets better than the last. I just need to have faith that this will happen for me. I have faith that it will happen for all of us dear writers. It's just a matter of when. And what book. The publishing stars must all align.
Onward, writer warriors.